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D.C. Wire: January 17, 2010 - January 23, 2010

Peebles: I still might run against Mayor Fenty

More than two weeks ago, real estate tycoon R. Donahue Peebles announced that he would not run for mayor "at this time" because his mother-in-law is battling pancreatic cancer. So did that kill any more talk of a Peebles candidacy? Not exactly. Peebles now tells the Washington Business Journal...

By Marc Fisher  |  January 22, 2010; 4:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  2010 District Election  
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District unemployment hits 12.1 percent despite added jobs

The District of Columbia added 600 jobs during the month of December but still saw its unemployment rate inch up from 11.9 percent to 12.1 percent, according to a Department of Employment Services report. Between December 2008 and December 2009, the District lost 2,400 private-sector jobs but has been able...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  January 22, 2010; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Economic Development  
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Michael Brown ponders challenge to Fenty

Council member Michael Brown (I-At Large) sure sounded like a man preparing to run for mayor at his lunchtime media roundtable today. Brown, who was first elected to the council in 2008, said he would consider taking on Mayor Adrian Fenty in a general election contest if Council Chairman Vincent...

By Ann Marimow  |  January 20, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Ann E. Marimow , D.C. Council , Mayor Fenty  
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Solar-powered parking meters installed around town

The District Department of Transportation today began installing 50 new, solar-powered meters that take credit cards and coins in a pilot program that could spread throughout the city. DDOT picked five locations for the new single-space meters that could expand later into a pay-by-phone method, according to a news release....

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  January 20, 2010; 1:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Vincent Gray supporters plan meeting, sans Gray

If Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) can't decide on whether he will run against Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, a group of his supporters may decide for him. Local community activists, known for their ability to rally voters and known as part of an anti-Fenty contingent, were invited by former...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  January 20, 2010; 11:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2010 District Election , D.C. Council  
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City helps Haitian Embassy coordinate relief

Your Browser DoesNot Support IFrames. In an effort to better coordinate the massive local response to the earthquake in Haiti, Mayor Adrian Fenty and Haiti Ambassador Raymond Joseph announced today the opening of new "command center" at the Embassy of Haiti following a weekend in which it was overwhelmed by...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  January 19, 2010; 4:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Hamil R. Harris , Mayor Fenty  
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Barry Vows to Raise $100,000 for Quake Victims

D.C. Council member and former mayor Marion Barry (D) vowed Monday to spearhead an effort to raise $100,000 in the coming weeks for the victims of the earthquake in Haiti. Barry, who said he has already donated $1,000 of his own money to relief efforts, is also calling on Mayor...

By Tim Craig  |  January 18, 2010; 6:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  D.C. Council , Marion Barry , Tim Craig  
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